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7 Children Taken from Parents Who Use 'Miracle' Mineral

Update

Son of Stanley family speaks out; watch it here.

The Short of It

Seven children were removed from their parents' home in Garland County, Ark., when officials showed up with a search warrant for a "miracle" mineral treatment, which is allegedly a remedy for cancer and aids. The Stanley family claims that only the father, Hal Stanley, has taken it and they use it most often to purify water for their garden.

The Lowdown

The substance is referred to as "MMS" or "Miracle Mineral Solution." The FDA says the substance can cause serious health concerns if ingested because it can turn into a bleach and cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

Hal opened his door Monday afternoon to find a warrant waiting for him and his home surrounded by law enforcement agents. He and his wife, Michelle, were kept outside of their home for hours while officers searched their home with their children inside. The search found MMS.

Hal insists that he is the only one who takes the supplement and that he also uses MMS as a water purifier for his garden. The Stanleys are preppers and live mostly off the grid, including homeschooling their children and growing food in their garden. These are their lifestyle and parenting choices.

Hal said everything seemed fine, but then around 9:30 p.m. things changed.

"Suddenly the door opened ... and there were six or eight of them, came in the door, marched in there," Hal showed a KARK TV4 reporter. "Fully armed Sheriffs and people stood there and said we're taking the children for 72 hours."

The Upshot

DHS didn't confirm or deny an investigation, but it did confirm that if children are taken, the agency has 72 hours to have an emergency order signed by a judge. The courts then have an additional five days to hold a probable cause hearing where the fate of the children will be decided.

The Stanleys have never had any trouble with law enforcement up until now. Since the night the children were taken, friends and relatives have called and shown support. The biggest concern the Stanleys have right now is their children's well being.

"They've never been away from us in any kind of setting like that," Michelle told KARK TV4.

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